Tillerson, in a speech ahead of a visit to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica, also said Russia's growing presence in the region was "alarming as well".
During his speech at the Blanton Museum of Art, Tillerson outlined the U.S.'s commitment to supporting democratic values in Latin America.
Tillerson's first stop in Mexico City will, more likely than not, involve talks focused on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, and the contentious promise made by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a "great, great wall on our southern border".
Tillerson insisted the Trump administration was not advocating "regime change" in Venezuela but said it would be "easiest" if Maduro chose to leave power on his own. "We can make our hemisphere the undisputed seat of global energy supply".
With severe food and medicine shortages and inflation expected to hit 13,000% this year, it is the Venezuelan people that suffer most from the sanctions; indeed, Nicolas Maduro has continued to strengthen his grip on power despite the country's economic crisis.
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The documents were in two locked filing cabinets sold at an ex-government sale in Canberra . They were sold off cheaply because they were heavy and no one could find the keys.
"You can not expect to have one without the other", he said. "You can not expect to have one without the other".
"U.S. demands for drugs drives this violence", he said.
"The opioid epidemic we are facing in this country is a clear and tragic representation of how interconnected our hemisphere truly is", Tillerson said.
Luz Maria de la Mora is an expert on US and Latin American diplomacy.
Tillerson responded by saying the USA plans to do its best to support fair judicial systems and law enforcement in Latin American countries. "It is using economic statecraft to pull the region into its orbit; the question is at what price", according to Reuters.
Moscow lashes at Washington for potential sanction list
The provision for a so-called oligarchs list has caused a great deal of agitation among the elites of Russian Federation . Last night, the Trump administration said it is not imposing any of those sanctions because the threat of them is enough.
"The U.S.is eager to create even deeper relationships with the aim of expanding freedom to more people", Tillerson said.
"We just need to get in place a visa program for the Red River, and we just won't issue any visas to the Oklahoma football team", Tillerson said in response.
Also, the Los Angeles Times reports that several Latin American countries, including Mexico, had earlier voiced their concerns about Trump's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), warning that they may reconsider their cooperation with the U.S. on other matters if the deal breaks down.
"I think there will be a change", said Tillerson, a native Texan who attended high school in Huntsville.
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But the report does conclude with one seemingly inescapable conclusion for polar bears facing the same situation as those studied. The decline of Arctic sea ice amid global climate change is making polar bears travel farther to find prey such as ringed seals.
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